We hear plenty of people coming out with depression, anxiety, OCD, and other mental illnesses. One type of mental illness that isn't talked about are the psychotic conditions such as schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia.
Depression and anxiety are a little more tame. The psychotic conditions are not quite as palatable to the general public. These types of symptoms are not talked about. The hallucinations. The delusions. The breaks from reality. These are the scarier symptoms that people don't want to talk about.
Roughly 3 percent of the American population experiences these symptoms. 100,000 young people have psychotic episodes in a year versus the 16 million who have depressive episode.
According to the Schizophrenia Society of Newfoundland and Labrador's page:
The stigma associated with psychosis can be worse than mental illness itself. It can keep someone in the closet about their mental illness and prevent them from receiving treatment (Summerville &, 2010). It is one of the greatest disablers, and it has led to discrimination in housing, employment, and social supports. It has also been the main reason for people with mental illness to become socially isolated, drug abuse, and excessive institutionalization. This means that stigma can decrease a persons’ chance of recovery.
We need to talk about all kinds of mental illnesses and mental health issues. Share your experiences and we will spread awareness of it.